Walking the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35 Imagine if you will a time 2,000 years ago. Imagine that you are present when Jesus is hanging on a cross. You experience firsthand the ugliness of sin, the expense of grace, and the cost of God’s love. Now it’s the third day and the tomb is empty. There is great confusion and doubt about what has happened. How do you think you would respond to witnessing Jesus’ death and the confusion of the weekend?

Luke’s gospel tells us how two disciples handled it. He writes that the two disciples were walking to the village of Emmaus. As these two disciples walked they discuss what had taken place;, Jesus joins them for their walk, but they don’t recognize him. Jesus doesnt immediately reveal Himself to them. Instead, He slowly lets them discover who He was.

Undoubtedly He notices the sad expressions on their faces (Luke 24:17b). One translation says, “They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend” (The Message). William Barclay translates this verse by saying that “they stood there, faces twisted with grief”. Both translations give us a clear vision of what it was like to experience the tragedy and confusion of that weekend 2000 years ago and what these two disciples were feeling.

Here’s the thing, each of us will one day walk our own road to Emmaus; a journey of grief, confusion, disappointment, and pain. Our faces may be twisted with sorrow. We may wonder where Jesus is during our heartache, our pain, and our disappointment. He may not come to us as a stranger, but we can still find Him. We can find Him by reading the Bible; we can find Him through prayer; we can find Him through the presence of a loved one; we can find Him by serving others. If you can find Jesus in all of these places, where can you not find Him? So, as you’re walking your road to Emmaus, be willing to take a step toward Jesus, ask Him to make Himself visible to you, and begin to discover who He is.